Is there any app for Windows to copy unselectable text?

Something like the Android app FooView does?

Sample unselectable text from a Windows settings screen:

Sample unselectable text from a Windows settings screen

  • Does Fooview do OCR? Otherwise any screen capture software will do...
    – user416
    Oct 8 '19 at 12:24
  • Fooview will do OCR for pictures only; Oct 8 '19 at 12:26

Textify - A tool for Windows to copy text from dialogs and controls which don’t allow it otherwise

Capture2Text - Capture2Text enables users to quickly OCR a portion of the screen using a keyboard shortcut. The resulting text will be saved to the clipboard by default.


NirSoft's SysExporter is an excellent tool for capturing text that is displayed in Windows but cannot be selected. I have used it many times.

It is closed-source portable freeware, and voluntary donations can be made here.

Compatibility details from the official website:

SysExporter Works perfectly on Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. On Windows 9x and Windows ME, SysExporter can only export data from combo boxes and list boxes controls, but not from list-view and tree-view controls.

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